Independent AAFES Testing Leads to Recall of Four Toys
December 19, 2007
DALLAS (Army News Service, Dec. 19, 2007) - Tests have revealed problems with four "Soldier Bear" toys and consumers are asked to immediately return them.
The following recalled toys should be taken away from children, officials said, and returned to the nearest post exchange for a full refund:
o Wooden Pull-Along Learning Blocks Wagon , UPC 6320 834162002158
o Time Teacher (magnetic shapes & clock in pull cart), UPC 6231 834162002646
o Wooden Riding Horse, UPC 6349 834162003698
o Vehicle Playset (blue military vehicle with action figures) 1007 4895130810072
Army & Air Force Exchange Service officials said the good news is an aggressive supplemental testing program of the's AAFES Quality Assurance department is working. As a supplement to the command's normal testing for safety and performance, AAFES has been routinely and randomly sending toys to independent labs for supplemental lead testing.
"After being notified of elevated levels of lead by our contracted lab partners, AAFES immediately pulled the products from BX/PX shelves and contacted the Consumer Product Safety Commission," said AAFES' Director of Quality Assurance Tom Rebman. "Today, CPSC and AAFES are voluntarily recalling about 11,400 toys."
Manufactured by First Learning Company Ltd. and Toy World Group Co. Ltd, both of Hong Kong, the affected wooden and plastic toys were sold under the "Soldier Bear" logo in AAFES stores worldwide from August 2006 through October 2007.
Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact AAFES at (800) 866-3605 or visit www.AAFES.com for additional information.